Call me Chris.

Audio link for the World According to Chris: Episode 36

My daily verse today is Philippians 4:7. It reads, And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and thoughts in Christ Jesus. It’s a beautiful passage, both in its simplicity and power.

Every verse that I receive on my #Bible app is a fantastic reminder as I reflect on the day I just lived. I get the notifications from the app at eight o’clock each night. Some people might prefer to wake up to a daily verse. I like to look at mine in bed as I’m winding down my night. It helps shape my thoughts as I go to sleep.

Reflecting on today’s verse, I can’t help but be grateful for the blessings God continues to provide in my life. It’s humbling to receive His Grace—even more so when I reflect on my imperfections. I know God loves me. I also know He wants me to be the best version of myself I can muster each day.

I’m not sad or lamenting here. I don’t want to give you that impression. Actually, I’m quite content. We just finished our move and today was the first day I’ve had some peace of mind in a while. I didn’t realize that until I was done unpacking, hanging pictures, and buying the last few trinkets to decorate our new condo.

I had moments of peace and tranquility at our townhome. I also realized I had underlying stress that I wasn’t aware of until it was gone. I suppose I became used to it.

I can see the same stress lifted off my wife and daughter’s shoulders too. That makes me happy to see them at peace. It tells me we made the right move to leave the city and move back to the suburbs. For the record, I don’t think it’s terrible to live in the city limits of a major metropolis. I do think it carries stress that I would rather not have in my life.

Still, I’m thankful for the experience of having lived in the near-downtown area of a major city. It’s something I can cross off my bucket list for what it’s worth. It also shows me why I love the open spaces of suburban and rural living as much as I do.

I don’t want to go down the road of turning this post into an urban/rural conversation. I wrote an entire book about that. Instead, I want to keep focusing on the peace that I find through my spirituality.

I’ve often written about my faith and relationship with God. I understand not everyone shares this belief. I’m not here to tell others what to believe. I do like sharing my own experiences. It provides a measuring stick—sometimes good and sometimes bad—that you can review to determine if I’m on the right path.

Whether you believe in God or not, I want everyone to find peace in life. It makes every day so much more meaningful. It also clears the mind to engage in frivolity, reflection, or anything you fancy.

If something in your life is disrupting your peace, I hope you can pinpoint the disruption. I hope you can modify your situation or relationship so you can commit to finding peace.

I hope the peace I’m experiencing today lasts. I know it cannot continue forever. At least, not until we are all reunited in Heaven. Still, I intend to enjoy the peace I’ve found. I hope you’re able to find and enjoy the same.

As always, this has been the World According to Chris. Please hit the like button or leave a reply.

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